Maternal docosahexaenoic acid intake levels during pregnancy and infant performance on a novel object search task at 22 months

Rees, Alison and Sirois, Sylvain and Wearden, Alison (2014) Maternal docosahexaenoic acid intake levels during pregnancy and infant performance on a novel object search task at 22 months. Child Development, 85 (6). pp. 2131-2139. ISSN 0009-3920

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Abstract

This study investigated maternal prenatal docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) intake and infant cognitive development at 22 months. Estimates for second- and third-trimester maternal DHA intake levels were obtained using a comprehensive Food Frequency Questionnaire. Infants (n = 67) were assessed at 22 months on a novel object search task. Mothers' DHA intake levels were divided into high or low groups, with analyses revealing a significant positive effect of third-trimester DHA on object search task performance. The third trimester appears to be a critical time for ensuring adequate maternal DHA levels to facilitate optimum cognitive development in late infancy.

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Child Development
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© 2014 The Authors. Child Development published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of Society for Research in Child Development. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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18 Jun 2015 05:38
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